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The Norse Gods

June 5, 2018

valholl

The Norse Gods

June 5, 2018

With growing interest in Norse mythology in recent years, in part thanks to the Marvel movies, we decided to introduce you to the gods and myths in a three-part series. Norse mythology is in many ways similar to Greek and Roman mythology, many of the gods have the same traits, and you can even find myths that have the same plot between the two religions. The biggest difference, though, is that the Norse gods are more human than the Greek and are thus more relatable. They age (but with the help of Iðunn's apples, they stay young), they eat and drink, and they die.

Óðinn

Odin_-Manual_of_Mythology-

He is the ruler of gods and Valhöll. He lives in Valaskjálf and has a tall tower called Hliðskjálf, from where he can see all nine worlds. He is the overseer of the Valkyries. He owns the horse 8-legged horse Sleipnir, given to him by Loki. The horse can gallop on land and in the air. He also owns two ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory), whom Óðinn sends out every morning to get the news from the nine realms. They return every evening and whisper the news to him. He has two pet wolves, Geri and Freki (both means Greedy), whom he gives all his food because he only needs mead to live. They also deliver news from the realms. Additionally, he owns the spear Gaugnir, which never misses and the magical ring Draupnir, which makes eight new rings every 9th day.

Týr

The god of war and was the bravest of all gods. He lost his right arm when the gods bound the wolf Fenrir. He was also interested in justice and treaties which made him the god of Law. Tuesday is named after Týr.

Frigg

Frigg_And_Her_Maidens

The queen of gods and wife of Óðinn. She is a sorcerer and has the power of prophecy. She is also the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and motherhood. She was the only one Óðinn permitted to sit in his seat in Hliðskjálf. Frigg has at least three maidens that are her companions. Fulla, Gná and Hlíf. Fulla knows all of Frigg's secrets, Gná tends to Frigg's every need and is her most trusted messenger. Gná rides her horse Hofvarpnir and quickly delivers messages to all nine realms. Hlíf is sent if Frigg needs to protect someone or something.

 

Iðunn

The goddess of spring and eternal youth. She guards the youth apples, which help the gods to stay young and beautiful. She is married to Bragi, the god of poetry and music.

Sif

She is the goddess of grain and fertility. She has long golden hair, which Loki once cut off while she was asleep. Her husband Þór needed to replace with golden threads spun by dwarfs.

Heimdallur

Heimdallr_by_Froelich

He is the guardian of Bifröst, the bridge between Valhöll, the home of the gods and Miðgarður, the home of men. He is tall and handsome and has gold teeth. He has excellent sight and can see just as well during night and day for hundreds of kilometres and can see the grass grow. He also has excellent hearing and can hear the wool grow on the sheep's back. Additionally, he needs very little sleep. He is the son of Óðinn and has nine mothers. When not protecting Bifröst from enemies, he rides around on his golden horse Gulltoppur and the horn Gjallarhorn, which is so loud it can be heard over the nine realms.He is the brightest of gods, and it is thought he was initially the sun god.

Rán

She is the goddess of the ocean and wife of Ægir, a sea giant. Her name means robbery as well as a wave, and it is thought she tried to capture men who venture out to sea either by drowning them herself or receiving those who drown at sea. With Ægir, she had nine daughters. Ægir was a great friend of the gods, despite being a giant, and was known to host elaborate parties for them. He is also Heimdallr's grandfather.

 

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The Norse Gods

June 5, 2018

valholl

The Norse Gods

June 5, 2018

With growing interest in Norse mythology in recent years, in part thanks to the Marvel movies, we decided to introduce you to the gods and myths in a three-part series. Norse mythology is in many ways similar to Greek and Roman mythology, many of the gods have the same traits, and you can even find myths that have the same plot between the two religions. The biggest difference, though, is that the Norse gods are more human than the Greek and are thus more relatable. They age (but with the help of Iðunn's apples, they stay young), they eat and drink, and they die.

Óðinn

Odin_-Manual_of_Mythology-

He is the ruler of gods and Valhöll. He lives in Valaskjálf and has a tall tower called Hliðskjálf, from where he can see all nine worlds. He is the overseer of the Valkyries. He owns the horse 8-legged horse Sleipnir, given to him by Loki. The horse can gallop on land and in the air. He also owns two ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory), whom Óðinn sends out every morning to get the news from the nine realms. They return every evening and whisper the news to him. He has two pet wolves, Geri and Freki (both means Greedy), whom he gives all his food because he only needs mead to live. They also deliver news from the realms. Additionally, he owns the spear Gaugnir, which never misses and the magical ring Draupnir, which makes eight new rings every 9th day.

Týr

The god of war and was the bravest of all gods. He lost his right arm when the gods bound the wolf Fenrir. He was also interested in justice and treaties which made him the god of Law. Tuesday is named after Týr.

Frigg

Frigg_And_Her_Maidens

The queen of gods and wife of Óðinn. She is a sorcerer and has the power of prophecy. She is also the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and motherhood. She was the only one Óðinn permitted to sit in his seat in Hliðskjálf. Frigg has at least three maidens that are her companions. Fulla, Gná and Hlíf. Fulla knows all of Frigg's secrets, Gná tends to Frigg's every need and is her most trusted messenger. Gná rides her horse Hofvarpnir and quickly delivers messages to all nine realms. Hlíf is sent if Frigg needs to protect someone or something.

 

Iðunn

The goddess of spring and eternal youth. She guards the youth apples, which help the gods to stay young and beautiful. She is married to Bragi, the god of poetry and music.

Sif

She is the goddess of grain and fertility. She has long golden hair, which Loki once cut off while she was asleep. Her husband Þór needed to replace with golden threads spun by dwarfs.

Heimdallur

Heimdallr_by_Froelich

He is the guardian of Bifröst, the bridge between Valhöll, the home of the gods and Miðgarður, the home of men. He is tall and handsome and has gold teeth. He has excellent sight and can see just as well during night and day for hundreds of kilometres and can see the grass grow. He also has excellent hearing and can hear the wool grow on the sheep's back. Additionally, he needs very little sleep. He is the son of Óðinn and has nine mothers. When not protecting Bifröst from enemies, he rides around on his golden horse Gulltoppur and the horn Gjallarhorn, which is so loud it can be heard over the nine realms.He is the brightest of gods, and it is thought he was initially the sun god.

Rán

She is the goddess of the ocean and wife of Ægir, a sea giant. Her name means robbery as well as a wave, and it is thought she tried to capture men who venture out to sea either by drowning them herself or receiving those who drown at sea. With Ægir, she had nine daughters. Ægir was a great friend of the gods, despite being a giant, and was known to host elaborate parties for them. He is also Heimdallr's grandfather.

 

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